15th International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium
From September 19 until September 24 2011, the 15th International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium (IBBS) was held at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria.
Biodeterioration and biodegradation are fields, which cover the biological causes of deterioration or degradation.
The IBBS-15 Symposium was dedicated to different topics dealing with biodeterioration and biodegradation of organic and inorganic materials including cultural heritage objects, corrosion of metals and rocks, applied aspects of biotechnology such as conversion of lignocellulose, bioremediation of polluted soils and water and state of the art techniques to study function and diversity of microorganisms involved in these processes.
One of the important messages for Janssen PMP included the necessity for the further development of antimicrobial surfaces, as emphasized in several keynote presentations. The implementation of these surfaces must be part of an integrated antimicrobial approach since hitherto the majority of the (often too) specific approaches appear to be insufficient.
Also of interest from some presentations: an increasing number of Ag+-resistant microorganisms is recorded (but often not reported). Among many other attention-grabbing topics, some new technologies were highlighted, including the use of molecular techniques for the fast and quantitative evaluation of sapstaining fungi and moulds, and the implementation of "pulse amplitude mediated fluorometry", allowing evaluation of algal growth up to 9 months earlier than with the bare eye.